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Tekken does Tag again!
on 28 October 2013
Tekken Tag Tournament doesn't feel that different to its slightly older brother Tekken 6, the inclusion of the ability to Tag fighters in and out of a possible two player team has been added, and rich in-depth storylines have been taken away.
This makes the game feel a little hollow, but then again, who really plays Tekken exclusively for the story?
Animation and graphics are slicker than ever, and each charater actually speaks in their own language which is nice touch.
All characters from previous games (that I know of) have made their return and are available from the getgo, I'm on the fence with this decision, but the Arcade mode is so samey (and has been butchered by awful create a costume characters, turning Kazuya from a threatening scary guy to a wing toting clown) that going through it unlock characters would have sucked anyway.
All the modes are okay, nothing out of the ordinary here, time attack, survival, team battle make a return. One of the most interesting/furiating modes however is the storyish mode where you have to program the robot by fighting with it. Its a challenge to be sure for fighting game amateurs like myself (I'm sure experts whizzed through it) but I found it to be unforgivingly difficult around the third or fourth stage.
Short movies for each character follow ending the samey arcade mode and provide a little fanservice, thankfully these are usually hilarious, like Law and Paul's ending where they get chased by a bear.
Stages are very impressive this time around as well, Snoop Dog's Saint Row-ish stage sticks in mind inparticular.
The customization options are mostly just sad to look at (mostly beause they are usually just too damn baggy!) but certain outfits do stand out, but it takes so long to load the different clothes, even with the disc installed to the console, that most players could be forgiven for not visiting again.
Unfortunately the Customization system appears to be the only place to sell the money you make in the game, and as said before these customizations usually just make other characters look stupid. And you tend to earn the coolest things by fighting and not by buying. The crowning jewel of this mode however is the ability to change character portraits, revealing a mix of unlockable artwork for each character panel.
I must have spent hours on Ghost Mode trying to unlock Slim Bob and Hwoarang's different outfits and character artwork, and Ghost Mode is kinda where Tekken Tag shines, its endless (if you wish it) and gives you a choice of three different fights after each one, a special gold option (usually very difficult!) pops up sometimes offering rare treasure! Plus its also the easiest way to get your players fighter rank up!!
All in all Tekkens the same fun its always been, no great leap has been made, but if you're wanting a fighting game, (especially considering how cheap it is now) this is definitely the one to go for!